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2:00 PM ET, October 2, 2008

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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Obama releases iPhone recruiting, campaign tool  —  Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign launched an iPhone application on Thursday that turns the vaunted device into a political recruiting tool.  —  The most notable feature “organizes and prioritizes your contacts by key battleground states …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka the Tube released plus first hands  —  Click here to open the post in your browser to see the gallery.  —  Here are some initial shots of the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic aka the Tube aka the first Symbian S60 touchscreen phone.  —  The Tube is here, folks …
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Nokia unveils iPhone competitor
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Blogsearch Relaunches as Techmeme Killer, Across 11 Categories  —  In its first major upgrade ever, Google Blogsearch just relaunched and looks radically different.  Instead of the blank page look of Google.com, Blogsearch now looks like Google News (but uglier) - with the hottest topics …
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China Journal:
Spying on Chinese Skype  —  Among China's community of dissidents and activists, there's a commonly held belief that, while e-mail and regular phone conversations may be subject to surveillance, Skype is safe from such interference.  —  Not so, according to a new report …
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China
Walt Mossberg / Personal Technology:
One Way to Turn a Mac Into a PC Just Got Better  —  There are two common methods for running Microsoft Windows and Windows programs on an Apple Macintosh, and one of those methods just got better and easier.  —  The first approach uses a feature called Boot Camp that comes free on every new Mac.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Charlie Taylor / ireland.com:
Facebook to set up international HQ in Dublin  —  Social-networking website Facebook has confirmed plans to establish its international headquarters in Dublin.  —  The annnoucement was made by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan, this morning.
Discussion: All Facebook
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Facebook's international HQ will be in Dublin
Discussion: Valleywag
Andy Stadler / Google Mobile Blog:
Google on Android: Search  —  On September 23, T-Mobile announced the world's first Android-powered phone, the G1.  The phone comes preloaded with Search, Maps, Gmail with Contacts, Calendar, Google Talk, and YouTube.  The applications are easy to use, fully synchronized with the web …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube Rolls Out Post-Roll Video Ads  —  YouTube, which has never had trouble growing an audience but hasn't yet figured out the trick for monetizing them thar eyeballs, is adding a trick from the old playbook: post-roll advertisements.  As we understand it (and this has been confirmed with the company) …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T's Samsung i907 is called Epix  —  Well, there goes BlackJack III... We just got a hot tip from one of our readers and it clearly shows what we all knew as the Samsung i780 dressed up in AT&T branding as the AT&T Epix.  There's also been some physical tweaks to make the device more polished.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Nintendo announces DSi with dual cameras, “DSi Shop” content store [update]  —  As expected, Nintendo has announced the new DSi at its Fall presentation in Japan.  The device features a dual touchscreen layout almost identical to the DS Lite, though the company is calling it a “third platform …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
What effect will the financial crisis have on the tech sector?  —  Expect to see a slowdown in smartphone sales and a concomitant growth in the use of open source, cloud computing and virtualisation technology as consumers cut back on their “discretionary” purchases while businesses …
Discussion: broadstuff
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Ballmer recommends separating iPhone hardware and software  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has never been shy about voicing his opinions on any given issue.  At an interview conducted during a recent Churchill Club event in California, Ballmer chose to weigh in on Apple and the iPhone, and even gave the company some friendly advice.
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
LG:
LG Launches Artistically Inspired Handset, Renoir  —  Seoul, Korea, October 3, 2008- LG Electronics (LG), a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, announced the official launch of its LG-KC910, a slim yet feature-packed full touchscreen 8 megapixel multimedia phone.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
SlingMedia Prepares To Launch Their Video Portal At Sling.com  —  Sling Media, the creators of a hardware device that lets users stream their home television signal to an Internet connected device anywhere (with a software download), is preparing to launch their new video portal, Sling.com.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Chipmakers Want a Bailout Too  —  The Semiconductor Industry Association said today that chips sales were up 5.5 percent in August compared with the year before, but cautioned that since more than half of chips go into consumer devices, the U.S. Congress needs to act to stabilize the economic situation.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yes, Yahoo Cuts Coming.  How Many?  (YHOO)  —  Now that even the most stubbornly optimistic Yahoos have had time to digest Jerry Yang's “shape up” memo, layoff rumors are in full swing.  The most pessimistic prediction we've heard so far, from an anonymous tipster: 3,500 heads will roll.  Plausible?
Discussion: Valleywag
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
Where are all the Blu-ray TV show releases?  —  The vast majority of TV shows produced over the last few years have been filmed in high definition.  Even if the channel didn't have a HD station at the time, the show was still probably shot in HD.  So where are all the Blu-ray releases of these shows?
Discussion: Crave and TUAW
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Google ‘Goliath’ Microsoft says  —  The chief executive of Microsoft has admitted that his firm's slowness to grasp the potential of internet search had hit the business.  —  Steve Ballmer told the BBC that Microsoft had become a “David” in search alongside the “Goliath” of its arch-rival Google.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
To encrypt or not?  That is the question  —  Even before someone hacked Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail account I had been wondering whatever happened to encryption.  —  Encryption — the science of rendering plain text unreadable by anyone but the intended reader — made a splash in the mid-1990s.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Locale App for Android Phones “Wouldn't Even Be Possible on the iPhone,” Says Winner of $275K Developer Challenge  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  Last week's unveiling of the first phone running the Android operating system—the T-Mobile G1, which will be available to consumers on October 22 …
Discussion: All Points Blog
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Latest MacBook Pro (fake) images ship!!!  —  We're happy to reveal the all-new latest fake MacBook/MacBook Pro images.  Get on!!  —  With the almost completely unlikely tag-line of, “A blend of beauty meets beastly power,” (which sounds like a Dell marketing plug - on a bad day) and the notion.
Discussion: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple details cursor-based QuickLook and advanced functions  —  Apple is exploring new ways to use the Mac OS cursor to provide users with additional information and usability options for files residing on their hard drive or linked via the internet before they're triggered or activated.
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Associated Press:
Drivers may get insurance breaks for playing computer games  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Could playing computer games enhance mental agility enough to turn people over 50 into better drivers?  Allstate Corp. wants to find out, and if the answer is yes, it might offer insurance discounts to people who play the games.
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay Shrs Extend Slide On Morgan Stanley Downgrade
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Live Labs kills Deepfish; suspends Volta downloads
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
AMD to launch nine 45nm Shanghai server CPUs in October
Discussion: Maximum PC all and The Tech Report
Sarah Lacy:
When Tech Reporters Become Irrelevant
Discussion: Valleywag
InfoWorld:
Security researcher reveals iPhone design flaws
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Aviv Raff On .NET
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple settles class-action suit over faulty notebook adapters
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Nicholas Thompson / Epicenter:
McCain's Long, Brutal History of Opposing Sensible Broadband Rules
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Hi5 translations go live
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac OS X market share cracks 8%
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab:
Philips' 3D HDTV Might Destroy Space-Time Continuum
Discussion: Maximum PC all and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS Testing Social Viewing Room: Watch Stuff With Strangers And Talk During The Show
Discussion: Portfolio
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple: A Product Plateau?
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